Request to Move Adjournment of Seanad under Standing Order 29.

I have notice from Senator Norris regarding a motion he wishes to raise under Standing Order 29. I call on the Senator to give notice of the motion before I give my ruling.

I request the Adjournment of the Seanad on a matter of urgent national significance, the Government's approach to the second Nice treaty referendum. In the light of what the Leader of the House said about the debate taking place outside the House, I ask that the debate be taken inside the House at this time.

I have given careful consideration to the matter raised by the Senator and cannot consider it to be one contemplated by Standing Order 29. I regret, therefore, that I have to rule it out of order.

Thank you very much for your ruling, but I think the Government certainly regards it as an urgent matter, if not now, certainly by next September.